Fair Trade is a partnership based on transparency and respect that seeks justness in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions and rights to producers and workers. Backing fair-trade means you make a difference through your choices. Your demand for fair-trade will extend the reach to marginalised producers in earning a fair and sustainable livelihood.
Fair trade is a way to buy and sell produce, from ‘developing’ countries, that allows farmers to earn what they deserve for their labour, under suitable working conditions. When chocolate companies pay fair prices for cacao/cocoa, this helps eliminate child labour. Workers are treated well, so children aren’t forced to work and can go to school.
Fair trade is about:
- Better Prices
- Decent working conditions
- Enriching communities
- Local sustainability
- And fair terms of trade for farmers and workers
Our chocolate, rapadura sugar, and any relative products are fair-trade. The Hand in Hand fair-trade programme works collaboratively with local, fair-trade partners, looking after farm workers’ rights and well-being through education and support; creating economic self-sufficiency, while protecting the natural ecosystem and encouraging biodiversity. Organic production and fair-trade are inextricably linked: what’s better for the planet has to be better for the people living and working on it.
To read more on our products and our commitment to Fair-trade, go to our blog page – Choose An Ethical Easter.
If you’re interested in further reading about fair trade, the World Fair Trade Organisation (WTFO) has developed 10 fair trade principles that must be followed to ensure accountability.